Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes- Book Review

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At BookCon, near the end of the event, some people came by and gave my brother a bag full of books. I hadn’t heard anything about Queen of Hearts before pulling it out of the bag, but decided to start reading it. As I read, I got sucked into the book more and more, carrying it with me everywhere I went. I read while waiting in stores, while sitting through my brother’s piano lessons, in the car, while walking through stores. Pretty much anytime I could!

I absolutely loved this book! It’s a fairytale retelling of Alice In Wonderland but, instead of being focused on Alice, it’s focused on the Queen of Hearts. In this book, Dinah (The Queen of Hearts)¬†hasn’t even become Queen yet. She is still a princess. She feels that something is off in the castle. And when a mysterious note finds it’s way into her hands, she’s plunged into a world of danger and mystery, and can trust no one. Not like she ever had before.

The way this story was re-imagined was interesting and magical. I have never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but this book has flipped that around. If the story was always told like this, I would adore this franchise!

I felt like there was a familiar face around every corner. I kept running into characters I knew, only in re-imagined forms. Like Cheshire, only this time he isn’t a cat, but instead, The King Of Hearts devious, conniving advisor.

I especially love the way The Mad Hatter was re-imagined, as Dinah’s brother, which I found worked really well for the story. I fell in love with his character right from the beginning. He was sweet and funny and generally insane. But all the best people are. ūüėČ

And Wardley. Oh Wardley. He is Dinah’s love interest. Completely loyal and charming. I loved his character and the way he treated Dinah. He and Dinah have been friends since they were little. They grew up together. And now Dinah’s feelings for him are developing into something more. They’re so cute together!

Okay, I won’t spoil anything, but there was this thing that happened at the end of the book during the climax and it completely broke my heart! I was sick while reading it and therefor couldn’t cry as much as I wanted to but…¬†why Colleen why?! Why¬†did that particular thing have to happen to that particular character that I adored so much? ūüė≠ūüė≠ūüė≠

You know that little leap your heart does when you turn the page and realize it’s the last one? That’s what happened to me while reading Queen of Hearts. I thought there was more to go because they included a sneak peak of the next book in the back. It kind of broke my heart I was like “No! No! NOoOOOOOOOooOO!!!! That can’t be it! Where’s the rest of it?! I thought I had more!!!¬†What?! Now I have to wait until January 2017!?!?! WHY CRUEL WORLD WHY!?!?”

There was so much mystery in this book, and not very many questions were answered by the end. If I could change something about the book, it may be that. I have so many questions and almost none of them were answered. I feel like I have some pretty good guesses on where things are going but nothing was ever answered for sure. I feel as if maybe throwing readers one or two answers would keep them even more intrigued for the next book.

Oh well. The next book will¬†probably¬†be even better than the first because now that the entire story is set up, we can finally delve into figuring out the mystery that is behind the Wonderland and it’s royals! I absolutely cannot wait for January 2017! I’m really hoping to be lucky enough to get an ARC of the next book because I don’t think I can wait until January to read the sequel! I need it now!

So yeah, please read this book! It was absolutely incredible! Definitely recommend it! I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

If you do end up reading it, let me know what you think!

I’ve been starting to get into fairytale retellings recently. I think Once Upon a Time started it and now I’m realizing even more how amazing they are! If you guys know of any good,¬†YA fairytale retellings, I’d love some recommendations! ūüėÄ

This was my very first book review posted on here. I tried to avoid spoilers and hopefully it wasn’t too rambley or anything. Hope you all enjoyed it! ūüôā

I’ll be back soon with another post and, until then, remember to keep writing and keep reading! ūüėÄ

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Reasons Why Twitter is My Favorite

As some of you may know, Twitter is my favorite social media site. And for those of you who didn’t know, well, now you do!

I’m here to tell you why this is the case.

  1. It’s easy to use and navigate.
  2. You can tweet as many times as you like about anything you wish! Want to give some writing advice? Go ahead! Want to show off your latest book purchase? No problem! Want to rant about your uncle’s mother’s niece’s pet cat Henry? Go right ahead! Someone will probably see it and think it’s cool.
  3. It’s easy to connect with people who share similar interests with you! I’ve met so many amazing writers through Twitter! (Hi Hannah and Hannah (yes I know two Hannah’s), Tim, Stephanie, Dana, Libbey, Ana, E.C, Chloe, Angie, Zac, Brianna, and Martha!) The Twitter writing community is such a friendly and helpful place!
  4. You can make lifelong friends through Twitter. (again, *waves at all my wonderful Internet friends*)
  5. You can talk about topics of your choosing, with people who actually care. Instead of bugging your non-reader/writer friends, go to Twitter to fangirl and talk! People love talking about their fandoms!
  6. You can grow your author platform if you’re a writer! By gaining followers, you are automatically increasing the amount of people who will someday see your ‘Hey! My book just got published and it’d mean an awful lot to me if you’d share the word/buy a copy!’ tweet. Also, who knows? Maybe one of your tweets will inspire someone? I know that that’s something I strive for. To stay new and inspiring for my amazing followers.
  7. There is always someone out there who knows more than you. You can gain insights from people better than you, and they can help you improve at whatever it is you’re trying to get better at. Again, the writing community on Twitter¬†doesn’t hesitate to help to other writers.
  8. You can talk with your favorite authors! I’ve had multiple interactions with famous authors and bookish people on Twitter. It’s always super cool when they like, retweet, or comment on something of yours.
  9. You can stalk amazing hashtags like #amwriting. If you have Twitter, are a writer, and haven’t looked at this hashtag yet, what are you doing? Go check it out! You’ll thank me later.
  10. You can share little peices of what you’re working on! If you’re a writer like me, share some sentences from your book, talk about your characters. Get people excited for your novel! Their excitement will seep into you and you’ll be even more inspired to write!

Well, those are 10 reasons why Twitter is my favorite social media site. I absolutely love it! What’s your favorite social media? Why? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading! I really¬†hope someone enjoys this post. I wanted to put something up for you guys but I couldn’t figure out what to write about. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

I’ll talk to you again soon and until then, remember to keep reading, and keep writing!

World Book Day

I’m doing an extra post today because I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write a post for World Book Day! Here is a list of my favorite fiction novels (in no particular order)¬†and my favorite characters in those novels.

1. Altered by Jennifer Rush

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This book is about a girl, named Anna, who discovers that her father is keeping four boys in a lab in their basement. Anna starts to help her father in the lab, and forms an attachment to the boys, especially Sam. But one day, The Branch, the company her dad works for, comes to take the boys away. The boys stage an escape, which succeeds, and, at the request of her father, they take her with them.

This book was a quick and fun read! It is action packed and FULL of plot twists.

My favorite character is Cas. He was amazing and funny.

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2. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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This is about a girl who lives in dystopian Chicago. Her society is sorted into factions, each one valuing a different virtue. On Choosing Day, the sixteen year olds from each faction get to choose which faction they belong to, selfless Abnegation, brave Dauntless, kind and peaceful Amity, honest Candor, or smart Erudite. Tris doesn’t know what faction she belongs too. She doesn’t conform. She is Divergent, and that means her life is in danger.

My favorite character is the antagonist, Eric. He is such a good character and the best antagonist ever.

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3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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This is the sequel to Divergent. Because some people might not have read this book, and it would be hard to describe it without spoilers, I will skip the description. But if you haven’t read it, GO READ IT!!!

My favorite character was the same as in the last book, Eric, but Uriah was a good character too.

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4. Chasing the Nightbird by Krista Russell

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14 year old sailor Lucky Valera is just about¬†to board a ship,¬†when he is kidnapped by his older half brother, who claims guardianship over him and forces him to work at the mill, confiscating his earnings. Lucky meets an escaped slave by the name of Daniel, who is worried that the slave catchers are coming after him. Lucky desperately wants to escape his older brother’s custody and tries to find a way, making some new¬†friends along the way.

I have no pictures of my favorite characters, but their names are Lucky and Fortuna. You’ll have to read it to see who I’m talking about.

And also, the book I’m reading right now. It’s not one of my favorites yet, but I wanted to include it anyway. I’m not very far into it, but I will summarize what I know as best I can.

Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

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On the planet Kiel, the atmosphere has been destroyed by pollution, causing moonshine, an acid, to fall from the moon into their world. A force field has been built around the Surface, keeping the moonshine out. But life on the surface is hard. People are forced to labor in fields and face fear and starvation. The only chance to escape the Surface, is being chosen for extraction. But that is rare.¬†If you aren’t chosen, you are marked for replacement, which means that you will be killed when they have someone to replace you.¬†16 year old Clementine is now old enough to go through extraction testing. But even if she is chosen for extraction, she will have to leave her boyfriend Logan, who was turned down two years ago and now faces replacement.

Those are the books that I have been into lately. Let me know in the comments section if you have read any of the books I listed. Happy World Book Day!

Disclaimer- the pictures used in this post are not mine and they remain copyrighted to¬†their respective owners. I do not mean to infringe upon anyone’s copyright.

My Favorite Books

Today I will be listing a bunch of my favorite books and¬†sorting them into categories. If you’re running low on reading material, maybe you will find these as enjoyable as I have.¬†Let’s get started.

Books To Help You Write.

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook¬†by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer. This book is WONDERFUL! If you are a young writer looking to learn some tricks of the trade this book is a definite read.¬†It¬†is fun, easy to read, and the authors offer lots of tips on writing. One of the best parts about it (for me at least) is it’s open and friendly feel. If you’ve been feeling different because you’re a writer, come here and you will know that somebody out there understands what it is like.

Writing Magic: creating stories that fly by Gail Carson Levine is another one that I read when I was first starting to write. It is another instructional book on writing.

The New Baby Name Survey by Bruce Lansky. This is one of my favorite name books. It gives you tons of names along with a list of famous people with the same name and a description of what people normally associate with the name. In my mind, it is one of the best name books out there.

Books I Love.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.¬†Synopsis- “A boy wakes up in a strange place, surrounded by strange people, with no memory of who he is or where he came from. As time goes on, he finds that all the people around him have the same memory loss. Strange things are happening in the place he now finds himself in, and it seems he is the cause of it all.”¬†There are three books in the series titled The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure. There is also a prequel called The Kill Order and in 2016 another book,¬†called The Fever Code, is being released.

Chasing the Nightbird By Krista Russell-¬† Synopsis- “14 year old Lucky Valera is a whaler, who loves the sea and is planning on going with the whaling ship called The Nightbird, when he is kidnapped by his hostile half brother, who claims guardianship over him since their father died. Lucky’s brother forces him to work in a mill, stopping him from leaving with¬†The Nightbird.¬†But Lucky is determined to escape, even though his brother isn’t making it easy for him. At the mill, he¬†befriends an escaped slave by the name of Daniel, who is afraid people are going to come and take him back to slavery. Will Lucky escape his older brother? And will be¬†Daniel captured?” This book is a favorite of mine. I loved it so much.

The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho- I haven’t read this book in a long time, so excuse me if my synopsis is off, but this was one of my favorite books when I was littler so I will try my best to describe it to you. “12 year old Dara travels with her family to the Thai border. They are fugitives in a war torn Cambodia after the fall of Khmer Rouge. At the border, they meet another family, and Dara makes a friend named Jantu, who gives her a magic¬†clay marble. Life is good, until fighting nearby forces them to flee and Dara finds herself separated from everything she loves.”

A Treasury of Christmas Tales- I’m not sure who the author of this book is but every year at Christmas time when I was younger, my mom would take out this book and read from it. It has a collection of different, short Christmas stories in it and it was a family tradition that I loved.

The Book I am Reading Now

Legend by Marie Lu- I haven’t gotten very far in this book, so I can’t really give a synopsis of it. Sorry. :/

So those are my reading suggestions. Till next time, and may many hours of reading be between then and now.